Bursting with colour, Malaga is a regular hit with holidaymaker wanting a bit of the old and a bit of the new. The town explodes with art, culture and history – making it glaringly obvious why art legend Picasso loved to hang out here. But Malaga isn’t just for art lovers. If you love shopping, gold, theme parks or beaches you’ll have plenty to do to ensure you’re never bored in Malaga.
It wouldn’t be a holiday on the Costa del Sol if you didn’t hit the beach. So take your pick of pristine spots of sand on Malaga’s 14 kilometre stretch of golden beaches.
It’s hard to miss the remains of the city’s past as there is some sort of breath taking architecture or monument on every corner. The cathedral being a particular highlight having been constructed in the Renaissance.
If you’re looking to escape the buzz, you can chill out in one of the many green areas like the luscious Alameda Gardens, as well as the 19th century La Concepion Botanical Gardens on the outskirts of the city.
You’re not just looking to explore the Costa del Sol, but see the Costa del Gold you’re in luck. Malaga is home to some of the best 18 holes in the world.
Don’t worry if you’ve got the family in tow. You can entertain the children at some of the local attractions, including safari parks, theme parks and go-karting centres. However, if you’re on an adult-only trip, you can’t visit Malaga without hitting a few bars. Get into the rhythm of things at a flamenco bar and passionately dance the night away.
Brits love Torremolinos. Not only is it another lively resort, packed with late-night clubs, it also offers a taste of home in its British-themed pubs.
Away from the party, get stuck into the real Spain in the historic El Calvario quarter which is packed with souvenir shops, outdoor restaurants and bars.
As Costa del Sol’s shimmering gem, Marbella is well-known for being the high-end hub for the privileged. Along with the flash side of this coastal town, you get the chance there to unwind at one of the ten beaches in the area.
If you want to step back in time, we recommend a visit to Nerja. It’s a pretty white paint fishing village that hasn’t altered over the years. Stepping through its streets is something straight from the postcard you’re sending home. Hunt for an unusual keepsake in one of the gift shops on the narrow, winding streets or if you’re a coffee lover, you’ll appreciate the strong café here. Feel free to unwind in the friendly outdoor atmosphere and watch life go by.
Cultural attractions in Malaga
For the culture vulture in you, we think you’ll love wandering around Malaga Cathedral. It’s a late 18th century Renaissance church that has an elaborate Baroque interior and attractive gardens with orange trees on the outside.
Also worth a look is the Alcazaba of Málaga, a palatial fortress that harks back to Spain’s Islamic period.
Don’t miss the Museo Picasso Málaga, which is dedicated to the work of artist Pablo Picasso. You can see some of his greatest pieces and learn about his fascinating life in a building that is close to his birthplace, the Plaza de La Merced.
Another must-see piece of history is the captivating Gibralfaro Castle, which still contains its original battlements and was built more than a millennium ago.
Malaga is a bit of a show off when it comes to beaches. There’s not one, two, five or ten in the area, but 15. Giving plenty of opportunities to sample these soft golden sands.
If you want to try a bit of kite surfing, go to the large Playa del Campo de Golf - San Julián beach. But if you’d prefer to strip off, feel free to go commando at Playa de Guadalmar beach, Malaga’s only official nudist beach. For a more wholesome stretch of sand, go to the family friendly Playa de San Andrés that has a few with children’s playgrounds, grassy areas and fantastic amenities.
Don’t be surprised by all the seafood on the menu in Malaga, it’s on the coast after all. Down on the seafront the beach bars, known as chiringuitos in Spanish, serve the traditional espeto de sardinas as well as fried fish. If you want to stay away from fish, try some paella or a dish of tapas - firm favourites here.
If you want to eat out and taste mouth-watering Spanish food, you need to book a table at El Meson de Cervantes restaurant, where tantalising fusion dishes are on the menu. For something authentic, the contemporary La Consula restaurant and the Tapeo de Cervantes serve delicious tapas dishes.
Don’t mind eating on the go? Pay a visit to the Atarazanas Central Market. With its 19th century architecture, the building has become a busy food market where you can sample the tastes of Malaga.
Fancy a change? Check out the Brazilian-inspired La Posada de Brasil.
You get it all with a holiday to Malaga - fantastic culture, tasty Mediterranean food and sun. When you book with easyJet holidays, you can expect great savings. Holidays to Malaga can be cheaper when your flight and hotel are booked together. For families, the trusted name of easyJet holidays means that once your holiday is booked you can sit back and relax in the knowledge that your flights and accommodation are fully protected by an established name in the tourist industry.
If Malaga doesn’t quite do it for you, go ahead and read about our other destination guides in Costa del Sol for more ideas.